Another age group I’m extremely familiar with, four to five year olds are incredibly imaginative – try to encourage pretend play with shops, dolls’ houses and fancy dress. They also want to get involved in grown-up activities, so a quality set of gardening tools or baking set is a great gift. Construction toys are king in our household – opt for architectural blocks and building sets as a break from the ubiquitous Lego – and we love sitting down as a family for a good old-fashioned game or crafternoon.
Amy Whitworth Qubis dolls’ house, Â£34.65 (+ Â£39 for furniture and people), Sisters Guild. The perfect solution for small spaces, this chic dolls’ house box has wallpaper by Ella Doran no less!
Viking Helmet, Â£14, Hedgehog. Vikings make a nice change from knights as the warriors of choice.Â
HapeÂ Market Stall, Â£84.99,Â Wooden Toys Direct. The shop/stall is still the most popular toy in our house – played with every day.
MorseÂ DIY Cars Kit, Â£25,Â Couverture and the Garbstore. Six flatpack cars and straws to create your own vehicles.
Colour Your Own Teepee, Â£160,Â LoveKeepCreate. Teepees are pretty special anyway, but one that you’ve coloured in yourself? Yes, please.
Kid O Memory Match, Â£24, Huggle. Beautiful wooden game with four reversible card designs.
La Loi Paint Palette leggings, Â£39, Alexandalexa. The coolest leggings in town.
Brio Builders Space Centre, Â£169, Little Scout. This wooden Meccano-style kit looks amazing – I hope Alfie doesn’t see it as it will be straight on the list!
JipiJipi Stanley bunny, Â£40, Custard. Your little one may be outgrowing some soft toys, but Stanley exudes hipster cool.
Starry Night Bracelet, Â£16,Â I Love Gorgeous. I’d quite like this cute little chain bracelet in my size.
Goki Wooden Balance Crocodile, Â£14.99, Whirligig Toys. Take it in turns to stack the items on the crocodile – whoever manages the most is the winner.
Seedling The Junior Postman Mail Kit, Â£39.95, Kind Toys. A wooden mail box containingÂ stamps, letter paper, coloured pencils, envelopes and a canvas delivery bag.
Saracen Bolt 16″ bike, Â£129, Evans Cycles. At the age of about four, children are ready to progress from balance bikes to pedals. This is a great starter bike with optional stabilisers.
Haba Coliseum Building Blocks, Â£36.99, Spotty Green Frog. I couldn’t love this range more – there’s also a Russian cathedral, Egyptian pyramid and Mayan temple. Genius!
Nathalie Lete Chinese tin teaset, Â£35, Heal’s. One of the more expensive teasets, but absolutely exquisite.
Jeujura Wooden Farm Construction Kit, Â£41.28, Amazon. This 140-piece construction kit comes in a handy suitcase.
Vilac Garden Tools, Â£32, Little Citizens Boutique. A sturdy, well-designed set comprisingÂ a pair of gloves, a hoe, a rake and a spade.
Kiko+ Machi London magnet set, â‚¬40, Shak-Shuka. Play at being Boris with this capital city play set.
Siebensachen Colorconda Domino game, Â£16.99, Toyella. Colourful spin on the traditional game in durable card.
OMY Make Your Own Costume, Â£11.99, Eeny Meeny Kids. Why buy a ready-made costume when you could customise one yourself?